Country Pure Foods acquires juice processor

by Keith Nunes
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AKRON, OHIO — Country Pure Foods, a manufacturer of individually packaged juice drinks, has entered into an agreement to acquire Cal-Tex Citrus L.P., a juice processor. Country Pure Foods said it plans to continue operating the Cal-Tex facility in Houston and will consolidate Cal-Tex products under the Ardmore Farms brand.

“The acquisition of Cal-Tex gives us the opportunity to extend our geographic reach by adding a fourth production facility, allowing us to better serve our national accounts with a combined broad product offering and improved delivery time to market,” said Raymond K. Lee, president and chief executive officer of Country Pure Foods. “We will continue to look at other opportunities to broaden our manufacturing footprint as we complete our coast-to-coast strategy.”

Country Pure Foods is owned by Mistral Equity Partners, a private equity company. Mistral acquired Country Pure Foods in August 2010 and, in addition to the newly acquired Houston facility, has operations in Akron, Ellington, Conn., and Deland, Fla.

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